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cairn / ke(ə)rn/ • n. 1. a mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline. ∎  a prehistoric burial mound made of stones. 2. (also cairn ter·ri·er) a small terrier of a breed with short legs, a longish body, and a shaggy coat.

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cairn pile of stones. XV. Earlier carn (cf. barn BAIRN) — Gael., OIr., W. carn heap of stones.
So cairngorm precious stone, named from a mountain (Gael. Carngorm ‘blue cairn’) where it is found.

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cairn, pile of stones, usually conical in shape, raised as a landmark or a memorial. In prehistoric times it was usually erected over a burial. A barrow is sometimes called a cairn.

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cairn. Tumulus of undressed stones, chamfered or solid, and usually of a sepulchral or commemorative character.

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Cairn

a pile of stones, usually erected to mark a spot as a memorial or to mark a cache of provisions, etc., 1535.

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